• Swedish Institute Doula/Professional Labor Assistant Certification

  • Prerequisites:

  • Class Open To:

    All healthcare professionals.

  • Details:

    Have you ever wanted to help a woman give birth? Has your own birth experience led you to want to share with others but you feel you need more knowledge and targeted hands-on skills? Is a client or someone special in your life expecting a baby and you want to offer your massage skills to help her but are not sure what you can do?

    This Swedish Institute certification was developed by a graduate and former faculty member of the Swedish Institute and the founder of Niara Healing Arts. Susanrachel Condon is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor and Licensed Midwife. She has been attending births in all settings throughout New York since 1994.

    The introductory workshop includes an in-depth exploration of the anatomy and physiology of labor, birth and postpartum, including complications and appropriate clinical care and medical intervention. Our mission is to provide trainees with hands-on techniques and other comfort measures for the laboring mother and to understand the physical and emotional circumstances surrounding challenging births. The class includes information about self-care, and business development.

    Participants may take this class whether or not they are planning to pursue certification and/or further training.

    To complete Swedish Institute Certification for Professional Birth Assistants developed by Niara Healing Arts, you must meet the following after the completion of this introductory class.

    Requirements include:

    • Completion of the Basic PLC Workshop and post-test
    • Documentation of attendance at a breastfeeding class if you have no previous experience or documentation of prior experience
    • Four book reports from the required reading list
    • Attendance and reports for three labors/births following the Basic PLC Workshop. (To meet this requirement, you mustattend continuously from the onset of active labor and through at least the first postpartum hour. If you have extensive experience, you may discuss adjustment of this requirement with a program director.) Your own births, while miraculous, cannot be applied for credit, as you were certainly not observing them
    • Reports on prenatal and postpartum contact with those whose births are attended
    • Two letters of recommendation or evaluation forms from people who were present at the births you attended (parents or clinicians), and one additional recommendation from a colleague or instructor.


    You will have two years from the workshop date to complete these requirements. There is a $100 review fee, which should be submitted with your written materials (checks go to Niara Healing Arts).

    Certification is not required for CEUs.

  • Contact Hours:

    21 NY State, 21 FL State, 21 NCBTMB

  • Required Materials:

    3 pillows, 3 pillowcases, pen and paper, comfortable clothing.

  • $595.00
  • Textbooks:

    Required Reading: "The Birth Partner (3rd edition)” by Penny Simkin, available for approximately $18 on amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Suggested Reading:“Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year (4th Edition)” by Elizabeth Noble, available for approximately $19.99 on amazon.com

  • Dates:

    This class is offered at various dates and times, see class details to make your selection.

  • Instructor Profile:

  • Susanrachel Condon, LMT, CCCE, LM
  • Susanrachel Condon is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor and Licensed Midwife, and the founder of Niara Healing Arts.

    Susanrachel graduated from the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn Midwifery Program in 1998. She was certified to teach childbirth preparation, newborn care and breastfeeding in 1996 by the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEAMNY). She served two terms as President of the CEAMNY Board of Directors, and she has studied birth counseling with Gayle Peterson and counseling for pregnant survivors of sexual abuse with Penny Simkin. Susanrachel and her husband Richard, a massage therapist and certified Advanced Rolfer, have produced an advanced techniques video on the subject in addition to a labor massage DVD for couples and childbirth professionals. They have also lectured widely as private consultants at conferences, hospitals, birth centers, schools and spas.

    Susanrachel has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 1991. She served full time on the faculty of Swedish Institute for more than ten years and currently participates extensively in their continuing education program. Since 1994, she has taught Bodywork for the Childbearing Cycle, a nationally accredited certification course for massage and bodywork professionals. Susanrachel also holds a BFA in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts, and an MA in Liberal Studies from Brooklyn College.

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